"Budge says he became interested in computers while obtaining a PhD at UC Berkeley. He purchased an Apple II and began writing games. He enjoyed it so much that he dropped out of school and became a game programmer. Budge's first game was a Pong clone, called Penny Arcade, which he wrote using his own custom graphics routines. He traded the completed game to Apple Computer for a Centronics printer. California Pacific published a collection of four of Budge's Apple II games in 1980 as Bill Budge's Space Album." -- Wikipedia
Have you ever played the colorful, fast-moving games that can be found in a penny arcade? The Penny Arcade program Is reminiscent of those games. Four fast-moving two-person games make up the Penny Arcade program. The object of each of these games is to hit the "ball" into the other player's goal using "paddles" controlled with the game controls attached to the Apple. All four games have different kinds of obstacles and unique game boards, so although they are based on the same principles, the games vary considerably.
To play any of the Penny Arcade games, first LOAD the program from cassette tape, then RUN It. After the program announces itself, you will be asked whether or not you would like to see the instructions. The instructions tell about scoring and give other useful information. Simply answer YES if you wish to see them or NO if you already know
how to play.
After the instructions, the game boards will appear on the screen, one after the other. They are, in order of appearance. Bumper Pool, Hockey, Scramble, and Tennis. To choose a game, simply press the space bar when the game board of your choice is on the screen. If you can't decide which game to play, the program will repeat the sequence of game boards until you make up your mind.
When you have chosen a game, the program asks you how difficult you would like it to be. The difficulty of a game is rated on a scale from one to ten, one the easiest and ten the most difficult. Simply type a number and press RETURN to choose a level. Then the program asks whether or not you would like gravity to be a factor. Type YES or NO and then press the RETURN key. You and your opponent should be ready with the game controls as soon as you press RETURN . The ball will come into play with no warning. Enjoy your game!